Psychoanalyst meets Marina Abramović

Artist meets Jeannette Fischer

A unique insight into Marina Abramović’s biography and art and what connects the two

 

Title Information

Jeannette Fischer

1st edition

, 2018

Hardback

176 pages, 7 color and 24 b/w illustrations

11.5 x 16.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-794-5

Content

In summer 2015, famous performance artist Marina Abramović and psychoanalyst Jeannette Fischer spent four days together at Abramovic’s house in the Hudson Valley. Associating freely, they took a psychoanalytical perspective for a lengthy exploration of Abramovic’s biography and art and their interrelation.

Abramovic went into this discussion in hopes of reaching a better understanding of herself, her personality, and her work. Conversations with artists are widely available, she notes, but a chance to use psychoanalysis to put an artist’s life and work in context is much more rare. The resulting book is neither a therapist’s report nor a Fischer’s analysis of Abramović. Rather, it is a search for understanding conducted by the pair, looking for the structures and dynamics that underlie Abramovic’s life and art. The dialogues are presented along with Fischer’s comments on them and images of some of Abramovic’s performances that are referred to in the discussion.

 

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Authors & Editors

Marina Abramović

Jeannette Fischer

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Cover

Marina Abramović, Untitled, performance proposal, pencil on paper, 1970, Galerija Doma Omladine, Belgrade. © Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives

Marina Abramović, Rhythm 10, performance, 1 hour, 1973, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Borghese, Rome. © Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives


Marina Abramović, Dissolution, 1997, from the series Spirit House Performance for video, Amsterdam. © Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives


Marina Abramović, Confession, performance for video, 60 minutes, 2010. © Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives

Jeannette Fischer and Marina Abramović, August 2015, MAI, Hudson. © Marc Philip Seidel, Zurich

 

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